*Women of all major racial and language groups experienced a decline in birthrate in 2008. The decline pushed the birthrate below 2.1 children per woman.

That means American women, as a whole, did not have enough children to match the death rate. Thus, the nation’s population could start to decline. But the one year fall in birthrate is not significant enough for making long term predictions.

Among major population groups, Hispanic women in 2008 (the latest year for which complete figures are available) had the highest birthrate – 98.6 births per 1,000 women. This compares with birthrates of 71.2 per 1,000 women for African American women, 71.4 for Asian American women and 59.6 for white women.

Meanwhile, the report from the National Center for Health Statistics showed Black women continuing to lead the nation in out-of-wedlock births. A whopping 72.3 percent of Black babies were born to unmarried women. [(Taylor Media Services) www.blacknewsjournal.net ]